As the end of the year approaches, I’m hearing common themes among my clients on how to handle holiday stress, family stress, and work deadlines. There’s also a general feeling that there isn’t enough time to get everything done. Whew! Just reading this list stresses me out. How about you?
If you’ve known me for a while, then you know I like to give you super easy holiday stress tips that don’t take up a lot of your time. I want you to have ways to effectively handle stress that take less than a minute to do throughout your day.
The holidays are a busy time of year, so all the more reason to keep it simple.
How to Handle Holiday Stress: Try This
Think about all the things you’re thankful for. This is one of my favorite things to do when waiting in line, walking down the street, or getting ready to fall asleep at night, and it’s a great way to retrain your brain if you experience negative internal chatter.
So often clients tell me how they try to push that negative self-talk away, or try to turn it off. These strategies often make that voice louder, so thinking about things you’re grateful for simply gives your mind something else to think about. Over time this will become a habit.
Need additional help? Here’s one of my favorite tools for cultivating gratitude and overcoming negative thought patterns.
At all (not even in your head!) for one day. See how it feels; you might notice you’re great at this already, or you might be surprised how often you complain without realizing it. (I’m guilty!)
This tip reminds me of a client who really likes thinking about the things she can refrain from doing, rather than focusing on what she thinks she should be doing to make positive changes in her life.
Stop Saying “Should:”
Speaking of “should,” if you want to take things to the next level, avoid saying what you “should” do. This is also a good one to reduce holiday stress, because often we feel a lot of obligations to be, or do, or give a certain way.
The things we say and think hold an energetic frequency, just like our actions, so giving extra attention to our language is important.
Experiment & Be Creative:
I put together several Pinterest boards to give you creative ideas to extend the effects of your sessions. Whether you get a session or not, there are a lot of great ideas for you to choose from:
From going outside and touching something in nature; saying Gabby Bernstein’s mantra, “I choose to see peace instead of this;” or offering a compliment; experiment with the hundreds of ideas on these various boards and see what works for you to reduce your holiday stress.
I truly hope this helps you alleviate any holiday anxiety or holiday depression (these holiday stress tips work on both!). Let me know what you notice over the days and weeks ahead.
Happy holidays and here’s to a wonderful new year where we can feel more peaceful, calm, and balanced no matter what.
Want additional ways to reduce holiday stress? Here are wellness gifts for everyone on your list.